Buddy System – 3rd Year Degree Show

Subject – Making Connections
Term Three

Second year is almost over and in preparation for the third year’s degree show, we were paired with a buddy to help them complete their final projects. I was paired with Aniqah, who was basing her project on a fashion outcome. I was really looking forward to seeing the third year’s spaces and getting the chance to experience what the degree show would be like from a second year’s perspective.

The two weeks were pretty growling (to say the least), their with a lot of physical activity like moving furniture and clearing the studio at the start of the week. I feel this was a good way to motivate me and my Level 5 group and get us working together to complete tasks.

I spend the start of the week sanding, filling and painting my buddies wall as well as any other third years that required my help. I felt it was important to work as a team and I wanted to make sure that not only my buddy could use me as a helping hand but the other third years could also. I sympathized for them when their buddies didn’t show to help them complete their projects.

I helped my buddy in a number of ways to make sure it was complete, I mounted and headed samples, used magic tape and the sewing machine to complete the samples and even helped with the organisation of my buddies files, which I understand more than anyone how stressful the little things can be.

I feel the had work definitely paid off and it was amazing to see all the girls work. I was surprised at how diverse and original the projects were with a variety of different ideas and designs. I am really happy with the final outcome of all the projects, it was rewarding to see everyone complete in time and being pleased with their own work.

Overall, this was proven very stressful and hard work at times but I am glad I got to experience this and feel I gained a lot of skills in preparation for my degree show. I am looking forward to the future and feel a lot more prepared to start in September!


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BA textiles - Cardiff School of Art and Design

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